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Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein is a Manhattan Institute visiting scholar and one of America’s most prolific legal thinkers. His writings span a broad array of fields, from the common-law subjects of property, contracts, and torts to constitutional law and law and economics. Epstein is the author of numerous books, including The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (2014), Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), and Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985). He has written extensively on American health care, in Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (2006) and in Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care? (1997). Epstein is a columnist for Defining Ideas, from the Hoover Institution, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

In 2010, Epstein was appointed the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago, where he was on the regular faculty until his retirement in 2010. In 1983, he became a senior fellow of that institution’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. At the University of Chicago, Epstein edited the Journal of Legal Studies and Journal of Law and Economics. Since 2000, he has been the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Epstein holds undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and Oxford University and a law degree from Yale. In 1985, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011, he received the Bradley Prize.


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  • Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Publishers 9th ed., work in progress)
  • Supreme Neglect: How To Revive The Constitutional Protection for Private Property (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • Antitrust Consent Decrees In Theory and Practice: Why Less is More (American Enterprise Institute, 2007)
  • Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (Yale University Press, 2006)
  • Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Publishing 8th ed., 2004)
  • Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2003)
  • Torts (Aspen Law and Business, 1999)
  • Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good (Perseus Books, 1998)
  • Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care (Addison-Wesley, 1997)

Chapters

  • "ProCD v. Zeidenberg: Do Doctrine and Function Mix?," in Contract Stories (Foundation Press, 2007)
  • "The Optimal Complexity of Legal Rules," in Heuristics and the Law (MIT Press, 2006)
  • "Weak and Strong Conceptions of Property: An Essay in Memory of Jim Harris," in Properties of Law: Essays in Honour of Jim Harris (Timothy Endicott, Joshua Getzler and Edwin Peel, eds., Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • "Second-Order Rationality," in Behavioral Public Finance (E. J. McCaffrey and Joel Slemrod, ed., Russell Sage Foundaion , 2006)
  • "The Optimal Complexity of Legal Rules," in Heuristics and the Law (C. Engel and G. Gigerenzer, ed., MIT Press, 2006)

 

 

 
 
 

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